Many factors have affected the development and settlement of Canada
The cold climate of Canada… The climate of Canada is COLD!
Most Canadians live within 100 miles of the US border! Reasons for this?
A transcontinental railroad was… The Transcontinental RR of Canada helped connect eastern and western Canada Helped transport resources, especially gold, from the west back to the capital in the east
Regionalism in Canada Regionalism: the political and emotional support for one’s region before support for one’s country. Regions in Canada are very, very different, that often it causes conflicts.
Factors of Regionalism Quebec & Ontario have argued for centuries about language and cultural differences Atlantic & Pacific Provinces have felt detached from the center of Canada because of the vast size of Canada Alberta feels that it shouldn’t have to share it’s oil with Ottawa British Columbia feels the mountains and vast distance has left them isolated.
Regionalism The geography of Canada helps keep regionalism alive for the Canadian people
What country strongly influenced Canada’s political system?
Structure of the gov’t in Canada Structure of the Canadian Government
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper January 2006 Leader of the majority party in the House of Commons.
Canada’s symbolic head of state Queen Elizabeth II
Agriculture Only about 5% of Canada’s land is suitable for farming yet it produces large amounts of food for domestic and export. Canada has many mineral deposits so mining is a major industry in Canada. Canada exports more fish than any other country in the world because it has access to three coastlines: Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic.
NAFTA NAFTA makes trading easier between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. About 85% of Canada’s exports went to the U.S. and 75% of Canada’s imports came from the U.S. U.S. is Canada’s chief trading partner; the two countries share the longest open border in the world and the same language.